Males’s singles matches within the 4 Slams are nonetheless the primary to 3 units, though tiebreaks have now been launched to shorten fifth units at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, together with the U.S. Open which made the transfer 50 years in the past.
McEnroe believes that with a lot selection for tv viewers lately, matches lasting 5 hours or extra might flip followers off the game. The American believes a championship tiebreak (performed to 10) ought to exchange a fifth set.
“I used to be all the time searching for that resolution within the center, which is best-of-five, however say a 10-point tiebreaker on the finish of the fourth set,” ESPN’s McEnroe mentioned in a convention name.
“That will be my compromise. I would not make it two-out-of-three now on the majors. I’d nonetheless have it totally different.
“However we would like this sport to develop, for God’s sake. We shoot ourselves within the foot on a regular basis. I do not perceive it. We’ve this unimaginable sport, so we should always attempt to make it as accessible, in order that they need to tune in.
“That will be a no brainer personally. I imply, I have been saying that for 30 years.”
Many imagine the lengthy fifth set creates memorable drama though Wimbledon acted after Kevin Anderson beat John Isner 26-24 within the fifth set of their 2018 semi-final — a match lasting six hours 36 minutes.
The longest match ever additionally famously befell at Wimbledon in 2010 with Isner concerned once more, beating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days with the ultimate set going to 70-68.
McEnroe’s compatriot Chris Evert additionally believes a tiebreak to 10 factors can be a good solution to settle matches tied at two units apiece within the Grand Slams.
“I’m going alongside the junior circuit, that is all they do, the ITFs. There’s nonetheless sufficient factors in a 10-point tiebreak to be able to play your approach into the tiebreak,” she mentioned.
“It isn’t like a seven-point tiebreak the place each level is such as you’re shaking in your boots.”